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Bad Breath: Causes and Treatments in Jefferson City

Treatments for bad breath in Jefferson City

Bad breath is a frustrating and embarrassing condition that can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It can also be a symptom of a much more serious problem that requires treatment. Dr. Grundstrom Joost and her team offer a range of general dentistry services that can help Jefferson City patients suffering from chronic bad breath. But before a patient can move forward with treatment, it is critical to first identify the cause.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The problem with bad breath, or halitosis, is that there is not just one possible cause. There could be a range of factors involved in your particular case. Some of the most common causes of bad breath include:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene: As leftover pieces of food break down and bacteria builds up around and between your teeth, it can all eventually give off a noticeably unpleasant smell.
  • Tooth Decay: As bacteria build up, it can start to eat away at your tooth, causing bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva is responsible for washing away the vast majority of bacteria and food particles on a regular basis. Patients who suffer from dry mouth due to medication or genetics are at a higher risk for bacteria, decay, and the bad breath that comes along with it.

These are some of the more common causes of bad breath, but they are definitely not the only causes. Bad breath can also be caused by factors that have nothing to do with dental health. An illness like a sinus infection and certain medications can cause bad breath. During your examination, your dentist should be able to assess your dental health (and, to a point, your physical health) and identify the underlying cause of your bad breath.

What Are the Best Treatments for Bad Breath?

Just like there is no one single cause of bad breath, there is also no single treatment for it. The reason that identifying an underlying cause of bad breath is so important is that your dentist must discover and treat the root cause of the bad breath in order to most effectively correct the issue instead of just masking it.

If the cause of your bad breath turns out to be poor dental hygiene, for example, treatment could be as simple as creating a more structured approach to daily brushing and flossing along, with regular dental check-ups. But if it turns out that your bad breath is the result of tooth decay, it will probably take a filling or dental crown to treat the problem. During your check-up, Dr. Grundstrom Joost will assess the cause of your bad breath and determine the best way to treat it.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More Today

To maintain the best dental health and stay on top of problems like chronic bad breath, a good dental hygiene routine is crucial. This includes regular visits to your dentist to check on the condition of your teeth and catch any small issues before they snowball into bigger problems. Dr. Grundstrom Joost and her team are ready to help. Contact our general dentistry office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about bad breath and your best treatment options. 

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Jefferson City,
Missouri  65109  USA


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